Recipe: Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert

Will you enjoy our Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert?

Will you enjoy our Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert?

Experience the delicious taste of tropical bread fruit with this sumptuous pudding.

Ingredients (serves 10)

  • 1 litre fresh coconut milk
  • 1kg bread fruit cubes
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200ml water or milk
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

The Method

1. Peel the bread fruit then cut into even sized cubes.

2. Combine the bread fruit in a large pan with the coconut milk (the coconut milk must cover the bread fruit, if it does not add a little water or milk).

3. Slit the vanilla pod in half lengthways and add to the pan along with the salt and nutmeg. Sweeten to taste with the caster sugar then bring the mixture to the boil.

4. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook gently for about 20 minutes, or until the sweet bread fruit is tender enough that it can easily be pierced by the point of a knife.

5. This dish can be served warm or cold. If you like a more porridge-like consistency, simmer for about 5 minutes more and then mash the breadfruit gently with a fork.

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3 unusual dishes from the Seychelles

The cuisine of the Seychelles is a warm, fragrant fusion of influences from Africa, France, China, India and England.

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Known locally as Creole cuisine, the dishes in the Seychelles are flavoured by the rich local spices which historically grew in plantations and were shipped across Europe.

Chilli, garlic, ginger and cinnamon all play a major part in the warm seafood and meat curries and marinades often served with rice and chatini (a mild, vinegary chutney of fruit or vegetable).

As a series of remote islands, the ingredients for many of the traditional Seychellois dishes were based on locally available ingredients.

Here are some of the popular dishes requested by guests at Constance Lémuria, Praslin and Constance Ephélia, Mahé.

1. Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni with Snapper

This delicious recipe from Constance Ephélia blends the warm flavours of Creole curry with sweet banana to create the perfect accompaniment for fresh fish.

2. Recipe: Tuna ravioli with semi-ripe papaya

Created by the chefs at Constance Lémuria this dish uses 100% Seychellois ingredients including the traditional papaya, tuna and palm kernels.

3. Recipe: Octopus salad

Using freshly octopus and garden vegetables, this is a delicious salad that uses local lemongrass to add some zing.

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Constance Lémuria coral reef restoration project declared a huge success

We are thrilled to report that our coral reef replanting project off the beach at Constance Lémuria has been declared a huge success by Nature Seychelles.

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

The replanting project run by Nature Seychelles and funded by USAID-UNDP, GEF and Constance Lémuria, was completed only three months ago but already the reef has been declared 100% healthy.

The success is hugely exciting as this was a pilot scheme involving the first large-scale active reef restoration using ‘coral gardening’ in the region.

The project involved growing healthy coral in a coral farm off Cousin Island and transplanting it to the reef at Petite Anse Kerlan which was damaged by the effects of El Niño.

A recent inspection of the reef by Nature Seychelles, headed up by Sarah Frias-Torres, found that the transplanted coral is thriving in its new environment.

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Vote for Constance Hotels & Resorts in World Golf Awards

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria have both been nominated to win the accolade Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 in the inaugural World Golf Awards.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Battling it out for the top spot both Constance hotels offer dramatic courses spread over verdant, tropical landscapes with breathtaking ocean views so it’s up to you now to vote for your favourite. Vote now.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

With its two championship 18-hole golf courses it’s no surprise that the European Senior Tour has chosen Belle Mare Plage to host the tour’s dramatic finale the MCB Tour Championship since 2009.

Guests are able to play both the Links and Legend golf courses with limitless free green fees. Caddies, club cars, rental clubs and tuition from our resident Marc Farry Golf Academy pros are all available to guests.

After a day on the golf course guests can relax and unwind with a special sports massage at the sumptuous U Spa where our experienced therapists will revive and restore tired muscles.

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria is proud to boast the Seychelles only 18-hole golf course. Hewn into the stunning, mountainous terrain of Praslin island, it is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.

The front 12 holes lie on the flat land behind the beach while the back 6 holes climb steadily through the hilly jungle terrain to terraced tees dropping to perfectly manicured greens.

The 15th hole is something of a legend as golfers tee-off from a beautiful hillside spot with views over the stunning Anse Georgette and the Indian Ocean beyond, and watch their ball fall 50 metres to the green below. It’s a golf course that will live in the memory.

Again, guests can experience a special sports massage at the beautiful, secluded U Spa after a tiring round.

Vote for your favourite

If you share our passion for golf, we hope you will take the time to vote.

Vote for Constance Belle Mare Plage or Constance Lémuria as the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 on the World Golf Awards website.

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5 things you need to know about planning a luxury honeymoon

You’ve made the proposal, set the date for your dream wedding and now your thoughts are turning to planning the perfect luxury honeymoon.

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

A luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles

Here’s our guide to ensuring your honeymoon is the luxury holiday of a lifetime.

1. Your honeymoon will be more special if you choose it together

We all have different ingredients for a perfect holiday so make sure that together you pick somewhere that meets both your needs. If one of you dreams of lying on a beach with a good book but the other prefers something more active then pick a hotel or resort which offers a range of activities. When choosing a resort try and incorporate your own and your new spouse’s passions – keen golfers might enjoy a few rounds on the championship golf course at Constance Le Prince Maurice while foodies may enjoy a Mauritian cookery class in the hotel’s world-class kitchens.

2. Plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time

You may have the image of the perfect honeymoon in your head with white sand beaches, candle-lit beach dining and romantic, secluded luxury accommodation but finding the reality can take time. Have a list of things which you and your partner want from your honeymoon and then search that criteria.

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Celebrating a honeymoon at Constance Halaveli, Maldives

3. It’s worth checking the weather conditions for the time of year you plan to travel

Weather can never be guaranteed but if you’re travelling long haul it’s always worth checking out what the season is going to be in your dream destination. While the Indian Ocean provides year-round warmth and sunshine there are seasonal variations which could be important if you’re planning activities. Those dreaming of diving the largely unexplored waters of Madagascar or watching the stunning display of humpback whales will need to plan their visit from June to November. Big game fishing enthusiasts would want to be in Mauritius from October to April. For those who dream of swimming with Manta Rays the Maldives from December to March would be a ideal time.

4. It is the extras which make a luxury honeymoon special

A honeymoon is about making memories that will last a lifetime so make sure that you take advantage of the special extras 5* hotels and resorts can offer. Book a trip to your own desert island in the Maldives at Constance Halaveli, have a sensual couple’s massage followed by champagne at Constance Lémuria or a lobster dinner at Constance Belle Mare Plage. All our resorts offer delicious fine-dining brought and served to you in the privacy of your own villa. You can even get your friends and family involved – Constance’s Online Gifts service means loved ones can gift you special moments to make your honeymoon extra special.

A romantic stroll along the beach

A romantic stroll along the beach

5. Letting the resort know you’re on honeymoon will make a big difference

Don’t be shy, the staff at luxury hotels and resorts want to help make your honeymoon the holiday of your dreams so make sure you let them know. If you book your honeymoon on the phone then it’s worth mentioning when you book that it’s a special occasion and we’ll try and ensure you get some added extras to help you celebrate. If you prefer to book online then let us know via our Online Concierge service.

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Recipe: Red snapper with Creole sauce

Savour the authentic flavours of the Seychelles with this spicy creole fish recipe from Constance Lémuria.

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Will you be enjoying red snapper on the beach?

Ingredients

  • 2tbsp butter
  • ¾ celery stick
  • ½ onion
  • ½ green pepper (chopped)
  • Garlic
  • 1 large tin tomatoes
  • 5 fresh bay leaves
  • ½tsp chilli powder
  • ½tsp sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • ½tsp pepper
  • 3-4 whole fish
  • 2tbsp lemon juice

Method

1. Prepare the Creole sauce by sautéing the celery, onion, green pepper and garlic in butter until golden, approximately 5 minutes).

2. Stir in the tomatoes, bay leaf, chilli powder, salt, sugar and pepper and bring to the boil while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until thickened.

3. While sauce is simmering, line a roasting pan with buttered foil and place fish in the pan. Pour 2 tablespoons of lemon juice over the fish.

4. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Pour 1 cup of sauce over the fish. Bake, basting, for a further 10 minutes.

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